A word English chavs think is their own unique word but it's just another from Scots which has been in regular use in Scotland for hundreds of years. Earliest example from the work of Allan Ramsay, a Scots makar from the 17th century.

Has a variety of meanings including worn-out, unfair, frightened, and more. Of obscure origin. Possibly from old Scottish Gaelic 'sean', meaning old, worn, ancient.
yeah man, that's shan innit?!
using Scots words again, minger?
wot you on abaht? this is ours! we invented it man!
by knawlege304 October 22, 2011
1) A Northern English scally term used to express unfairness:

2) A Northern English scally term used to vocalise embarrassment:

3) A Buddhist word to describe the compassionate fundamental nature of Great Enlightened Beings...
1) Wayne: "Maccy D's have barred us it's proper shan... tho I s'pose I did pull me kecks down and throw a pickle at a member of staff..."

2) "Your uncle is Pat Sharp... what a shan!!"

(To make a shan of oneself is to publicly embarrass oneself. ie "I made a shan of myself." Shant is it's past participle. ie "I was pure shant last night" or "I was shant reet up like, eh!")

3) man: "Dalai Lama... why is it that the more I think of people's inherently loving nature, my compassion for humanity grows?"

Dalai Lama: "You're pure shan...."
by thewilderness September 22, 2011
A blonde woman whose combination of beauty, brains and personality captivates everyone who sees her. She can literally unknowingly cause people to practically worship her.
I can't stop thinking about this girl I met the other day. She is SUCH a Shan!
by FilmGuy20000 May 11, 2011
a person who talks to much shit when really they have no balls
guy 1: wanna fight punk
guy 2:(fist up)
guy 1: never mind
guy 2: you're such a shan
by Me 123456 January 07, 2012
Used in Northern England, meaning unfair, inappropriate, not right.
Sometimes also used as a term of embarrassment.
Watching someone get picked on and feeling bad, "That's so shan!"

Falling over and having the piss taken out of you, "What a shan that was!" - "I'm really shanning now!"
by StayNorth February 17, 2011
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